Stacey A. Kartchner

Senior Counsel

Stacey A. Kartchner serves as Senior Counsel in Klinedinst San Diego. In her practice, she defends professionals in administrative and licensure hearings, as well as litigation involving allegations of malpractice. She also represents individuals accused of criminal charges in both state and federal courts. She also represents material witnesses in federal court and Grand Jury proceedings. She is dedicated to zealously protecting the rights, liberties, and interests of her clients.

Before joining Klinedinst, Ms. Kartchner gained valuable experience working at her own firm for 14 years, and previously a San Diego boutique firm for over ten years. During this time, she honed her skills representing hundreds of clients against criminal charges in both state and federal courts from the initial court appearance through sentencing and on appeal. Ms. Kartchner also gained useful knowledge and trial skills during her internship at the nationally-recognized Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc.

Within the community, Ms. Kartchner serves on the San Diego County Bar Association Board of Directors. She will serve as President of the 10,000-member organization in 2024. She currently serves as Chairperson of the San Diego Criminal Justice Memorial Committee, made up of numerous state and federal court judges, the San Diego County Public Defender, the San Diego District Attorney, and members of the criminal justice community. She is also a past president of both the Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Club and the Criminal Defense Bar Association. Ms. Kartchner stays very active in the community through her volunteer efforts, membership in numerous associations, and writing/editing articles in various publications.

Ms. Kartchner has achieved the highest AV®-Preeminent™ rating by Martindale-Hubbell. She has been featured in the San Diego edition of Super Lawyers® every year since 2015. She has achieved a perfect 10.0 rating on Avvo, and was previously named a Top Attorney by the San Diego Daily Transcript.


  • California Western School of Law (J.D., 2002)
  • University of Utah, Salt Lake City (B.S., 1998)


San Diego
(619) 400-8000


Stacey Kartchner


  • California
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
  • United States Supreme Court